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by Justintruth
Tue May 07, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 6524

Re: Do humans have a soul?

....it requires a conscious "experiencer," which is not a mechanical process but a personal and cognitive one. Absent a personal "experiencer," what we have is merely another kind of "occurrence." Well, there is no doubt that as you say conscious experiencing is not a mechanical process if by mecha...
by Justintruth
Mon May 06, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 6524

Re: Do humans have a soul?

"No zombies, no ghosts." It's a good working hypothesis at least for now. Well, either you've got bodies with no souls (zombies), or souls with no bodies (extreme Idealism, ghosts), or you've got Dualism, meaning both exist together somehow. Had a very long debate a while ago on this. I came up wit...
by Justintruth
Fri May 03, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 6524

Re: Do humans have a soul?

I take this as: does the individual have a spirit? I think so. I think, wedged deep into the meat of a person, is a soul, an immaterial, irreducible, 'something'. My evidence for this flimsy and wholly idiosyncratic and of little interest to anyone. "No zombies, no ghosts." It's a good working hypo...
by Justintruth
Fri May 03, 2019 10:31 am
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Do humans have a soul?
Replies: 215
Views: 6524

Re: Do humans have a soul?

Since human experiencing is temporal and since the temporal, contingent fact of what was is eternal, then humans have an eternal soul. That soul is created up until death when it becomes the eternal identity of that person forever. There are some theories in which the soul is reborn and there is Nie...
by Justintruth
Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Philosophy of Language
Topic: How do we transfer idea through language?
Replies: 19
Views: 1815

Re: How do we transfer idea through language?

How do we get an idea through reading a text for example? I assume that by "get an idea" you mean some type of experiencing that occurs that is caused by a state of the brain. I further assume that our brains are similar enough that the states produced are similar. Then it is just a signal pathway ...
by Justintruth
Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:45 am
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: What is time?
Replies: 315
Views: 6220

Re: What is time?

....Does any of this proves time exists as such? .... It may be that the notion of time itself is linked to certain categories of existence. Not all existence is temporal. The Pythagorean theorem is true and that is not an event that happened, happens, will happen, can cease to happen etc. It is ou...
by Justintruth
Tue Apr 09, 2019 2:36 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Mind
Topic: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?
Replies: 966
Views: 16600

Re: Why humans can't get rid of their egos ?

Do you think suppressing the survival instinct is a moral thing to do? Do you think it is harmful to optimise for survival? Looks like some people do.... https://blog.startwithwhy.com/refocus/2012/06/there-are-fates-worse-than-death.html Amazing how deep a fish can swallow a propaganda hook....aw s...
by Justintruth
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Arrival

...but presumably neither party would have conditioned knowledge. I wonder why you say that? We already have some conditioned knowledge and if they visit presumably they would too. Perhaps you mean "...condition knowledge of each other...." but even there I would expect we would start to study each...
by Justintruth
Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Arrival

we have been altering the genetics of plant foods for decades -Imp Longer if you include our selection of plants. Mendel. Corn. etc. But you mean direct manipulation of the genome. Will be interesting when we start selecting for the nature of the experiencing the device produces. Did I say "start s...
by Justintruth
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:38 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Arrival

It would be interesting to have an example from like a lizard or insect. Something further from us than another mammal. I believe that the strategy of inflating ones size is a strategy common to more than just mammals but I could be wrong. In the case you mention I think that the bear has evolved to...
by Justintruth
Tue Apr 02, 2019 6:23 pm
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: Arrival
Replies: 10
Views: 508

Re: Arrival

I think that the author's conclusion is ill advised. In order for our biology to evolve it had to enable two things: 1) The ability to manipulate the environment 2) The desire to use that ability. That problem is common ground and it *might* be possible to communicate based on it. Take for example b...
by Justintruth
Thu Mar 28, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Dilemma of beginning of time
Replies: 385
Views: 8244

Re: Dilemma of beginning of time

Moreover I can show that T0 + infinity = infinity: There are two case: (1) T0 + infinity = FN (finite number) or (2) T0 + infinity = infinity. I can show that the first case cannot be correct knowing the fact that you cannot reach infinity by adding and obviously subtracting any natural number: 1 +...
by Justintruth
Thu Mar 28, 2019 4:37 pm
Forum: Metaphysics
Topic: Dilemma of beginning of time
Replies: 385
Views: 8244

Re: Dilemma of beginning of time

We are discussing two things in here: (1) Time cannot be emergent (cannot have any starting point) That just means that time cannot have a starting point in time. In fact there can be a starting point prior to which nothing (no things) existed and subsequent to which something (some things) did exi...
by Justintruth
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:24 pm
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: Religion Is .....
Replies: 82
Views: 2912

Re: Religion Is .....

A set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe. Beliefs are thoughts. Thoughts are expressions being perceived. Perceptions are being expressed by nothing, for nothing, for there is no visible perceiver but the invisible thought. . The "universe" is a particular class of...
by Justintruth
Wed Mar 06, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Epistemology - Theory of Knowledge
Topic: Do you believe or do you epoché?
Replies: 112
Views: 3191

Re: Do you believe or do you epoché?

So if someone asked you whether or not there is a God, how would you respond? Is there a God, is there not a God or do you consider the question unknowable--at least from your place in the world? I'm very familiar with Husserl's use of the word "epoche" BTW. It's not the only way the word can be us...